Truck Driving Schools in Louisiana (LA)
Truck Driving Schools by City
With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicting growth for the truck driving industry over the next 10 years, there's never been a better time to become a truck driver in Louisiana. The mean hourly wage for heavy truck drivers in Louisiana as of May 2016 (latest available data) is $19.67. This equates to earning an average annual salary of $40,900. Wondering how to get your foot in the door of this growing industry? The first step is to obtain a CDL, which a truck driving school can help you with.
CDL Training Near Me in Louisiana
Truck driving schools in Louisiana are located across the state, with many located in hubs like Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Lafayette. Coastal Truck Driving School and Diesel Driving Academy both have numerous campuses available to students in the area. Louisiana truck driving schools help you develop the skills you need to earn a commercial driver's license (CDL) and start your career in truck driving. To obtain a CDL license in Louisiana you must be at least 18 years old (21 years old for interstate driving), possess a valid Louisiana driver's license and a pass a vision exam. Applicants must then pass a knowledge exam and a skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic vehicle control test, and an on-road driving exam. In addition, you may have to pass other knowledge and skills tests depending on the class of CDL license and the endorsements you need--for example, to drive a vehicle with air brakes, a tanker, a school bus or to haul hazardous materials. A truck driving school in Louisiana will prepare you to pass these examinations. With a CDL in hand, employment at a Louisiana trucking company such as Dupre Logistics or Gentry Trucking is within reach.
Browse the featured Louisiana truck driving schools below to find a trucking school near you.
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